- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- le rat
- Associated cultural group
- Mandak language
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Namatanai District > Panatgin Village
- Dr Elizabeth Brouwer
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1976
- Acquisition method
- Commissioned by Dr Elizabeth Brouwer
- Raw material
- Plant fibre, coconut
- H: 185 mm W: 220 mm L: D: 50 mm Circum:
Woven coconut leaf basket with a plaited base, split stem edges and tassels at each end of base. Registration number 20651 marked with tag and pen.
Le rat are personal baskets made by men and women to carry items such as betel but, betel nut containers, cigarettes or for larger items, such as taro or fish, to carry to market or to other villages. The baskets are made from coconut fronds, the stem is split and the leaves are weaved together, the size of the basket determines how many leaves are used [ref. Dr Elizabeth Brouwer, Material culture of New Ireland: A fieldwork report, Museum Catalogue No. 10, 1977].
Ms Elizabeth Brouwer purchased a number of items for the museum while carrying out research for her Ph.D. thesis among the Mandak people in Central New Ireland.